Fantasy Basketball PG Debate: Damian Lillard vs. Greivis Vasquez
Damian Lillard vs. Greivis Vasquez
Every season in fantasy basketball dynasty leagues, owners try to grab the best young point guard hoping that they will mature into the next Chris Paul or Rajon Rondo.
This year has seen some young point guards become fantasy superstars. Second-year Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Kyire Irving, has continued to mature from his rookie campaign and is easily one of the best in the game. He is averaging an outstanding 23.7points per game and has quickly made Cavs fans forget that guy down in South Beach.
Also Milwaukee Bucks point guard, Brandon Jennings, has really picked up his game this season. He is averaging 18.7 points a game along with two 3-pointers and two steals. Jennings continues to knock down big shots for the Bucks on a nightly basis.
However, two of the hottest, young point guards in the game right now are New Orleans Hornets’ Greivis Vasquez and Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard. Both players were relative unknowns heading into the season and have since become fantasy All-Stars.
Vazquez has given fantasy owners with a reliable source of assists each night and has mastered the no-look pass down in the Bayou. GV quickly became an addition to fantasy rosters everywhere, especially after racking up 23 dimes in his first two games of the 2013 season.
Lillard has quickly picked up the game in his first season as a pro. The Weber State standout put up 23 points and 11 assists in his first professional game, which quickly got the attention of fantasy owners around the country.
This debate will figure out which star point guard is better and which one is a more complete fantasy option.
Damian Lillard: 18.3 points per game
Greivis Vasquez: 14.3 points per game
Lillard is a natural scorer, so obviously he has a beautiful jump shot. He also is extremely confident in getting to the rack and is not afraid to let a shot go from the outside.
Vasquez is simply more of a situational scorer. He is averaging much less than Lillard, so this is one category that the rookie wins outright.
Damian Lillard: 42.0% FG, 82.8 % Free Throw
Greivis Vasquez: 44.1 % FG, 76.1 % Free Throw
Vasquez may be shooting a tick better from the field, but Lillard is a much better shooter from the charity stripe than Vasquez. Lillard’s 82.8 percent is one of the best from the position and will only add to his amazing fantasy ability.
Damian Lillard: 6.6 assists per game
Greivis Vasquez: 9.2 assists per game
Vasquez is currently ranked third in the NBA in assists and has become an elite source of assists this year. Lillard’s 6.6 dimes a game is nothing to sneeze at, but Vasquez’s 9.2 assists per game can really rack up at the end of the week.
Damian Lillard: 3.3 rebounds per game
Greivis Vasquez: 4.6 rebounds per game
Lillard is average size for a NBA point guard, as he stands at 6’3” 195 pounds. Vasquez, on the other hand, is much bigger as he is 6’6” 211 pounds. This gives Vasquez a much larger advantage in chasing down rebounds and is another asset for fantasy owners.
Damian Lillard: 2.3 per game, 35.9 %
Greivis Vasquez: 1.2 per game, 38.3 %
Lillard is a very underrated perimeter shooter and is hitting 2.3 3-pointers per contest. He is currently tied for ninth in the league with 94 3-pointers on the season and he is ironically tied with former Duke Blue Devil sharpshooter, J. J. Redick.
Damian Lillard: 1.0 steal per game
Greivis Vasquez: 0.7 steals per game
This is one category that is almost a wash for both players. Lillard is getting his hands on a couple more loose balls per week, so he gets the slight edge over Vasquez on this one as well.
Winner - Damian Lillard
The rookie stepped into a miserable team and has magically kept the Portland Trail Blazers at around .500 on the year. Lillard scores more, knocks down more threes, gets more steals, and shoots better from the line. He may be averaging a couple less assists per game, but in fantasy, point guards need to do everything well.
Lillard has become one of the most complete point guards in the league and will be an elite keeper in dynasty leagues.
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